One great way to express yourself artistically is through photography. People who like photography often don’t pursue it as a hobby, because they think it requires a lot of knowledge to create good photos. Here are some tips to get you going in photography.
Create depth when you shoot landscapes. Create a good sense of scale with the use of a recognized object in your foreground. A small aperture–no more than f/8 on a digital camera and no more than f/16 on a SLR–can show sharpness in both the background and foreground.
When taking pictures of people, make sure that the background is slightly blurred. When everything in the picture is focused including the background, it will make the picture a bit busy and it will be hard for the viewers to specifically focus on the subject of the picture. Make sure there is a distance between the subject and the background to get this effect.
Pre-focus your camera before moving slightly, so your subject isn’t centered in the frame. Centering is generally expected and not that interesting in a photo. Off-centering your subject will make your picture look more unique and interesting.
When setting up for a shot, keep in mind that less, often times, is more in photography. You can actually overshadow your intended subject when there is too much going on in the rest of the photograph. There is something special about keeping your photographs simple.
Make sure you take note of natural lighting. When taking outside photos, try to pick a time of day when the sun is low in the sky: either early morning or late afternoon. At the height of the day the sun will produce unwanted shadows in your photos, plus your subject may have issues avoiding squinting if the light is too strong. Use the sunlight better by properly positioning yourself where your subject just gets light from the side.
To add visual interest to a scene, explore different settings to adjust the focus. The f-stop number, which measures the depth of field, blurs the background and emphasizes the subject. This is a good technique to use when the subject is up close, such as in portraits. In contrast, increasing your f-stop setting will also increase the field depth and bring all elements of the photograph into focus in a more even manner. This particular setting is ideal for shooting landscapes.
When you want a great photo, make sure your camera is well-focused on its subject. If you need your photos to have good composure, keep your camera in focus at all times. Especially when you are starting out, try to keep your main subject centered and in view. The background will fall into place, so do not worry about it.
You should always have an idea as to if you want to use highlights or shadow exposure in your pictures. However, with new digital technology you can take two photos of the same subject, each with different exposures, and stitch them together into a perfectly exposed photo.
The introduction detailed how photography is something many people enjoy doing. Unfortunately, many people are convinced that mastering photography skills is an impossible goal.